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The Indians Get Back To Work Against Division Rival Twins In Puerto Rico

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After a three day break due to weather inclinations, the Cleveland Indians are set to take on the Minnesota Twins in San Juan Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday.

The Indians are currently sitting at 8-6 and 2nd in the AL Central and also coming off a rough go in their last outing losing 8-0 after getting an early 4-0 lead.

The Twins sitting at 7-4, are in 1st in the AL Central, but have also played the least amount of games in the MLB this season at 11.

The start of this two game series will feature Cleveland ace Corey Kluber who is off to a hot start with a 1-1 record with a 1.57 ERA through 3 starts this season.

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The Twins will be sending right hander Jake Odorizzi to the mound to face off against Kluber. Odorizzi is also off to a quick as well posting a 1-0 record and a 2.20 ERA through his three starts this season.

Tonight’s game will be a homecoming for Indians players Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez who both grew up in areas near San Juan and expect big performances out of them throughout the next two games.

Tonight’s game will also be the first time these two teams see each other this year and expect competitive games in this series but also as the year goes on.

The Indians are the clear favorites to win the division, but the Twins are no to far behind with rising star 3rd Basemen Miguel Sano and the additions to their starting pitching staff the Twins will be a tough

contender all year long. The Indians finished 12-7 last year against the Twins and I expect the win total to be around that same number again.

Look for the Indians offense to attack Odorizzi early, so far this season the Indians have scored majority of their runs in the first four innings where the bats have gone quiet late in games .

I expect a great pitchers duel in tonights game with a high powered audience from all the fans in San Juan. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 ET.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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